Welcome to London. You will be met at Heathrow Airport by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your centrally located hotel. Meet up this evening with your Tour Director and fellow travellers over a welcome drink.
Two Night Special Stay: London
Join your local guide for a sightseeing tour of London. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a ‘flight’ on the London Eye; or (2) take a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. SCENIC ENRICH This afternoon enjoy a cruise on the River Thames, past the Tower of London and Tower Bridge to historic Greenwich for your welcome dinner at The Trafalgar Tavern, one of London’s last authentic pubs.
Your first stop is at the ancient cathedral city of Salisbury. From here visit one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, Stonehenge. Your day ends in the beautiful city of Bath.
Overnight Special Stay: Bath
Discover Bath on an open top bus tour, followed by a visit to the Roman Baths. Travel to Bristol, and visit the SS Great Britain, which spent its life transporting emigrants to America and the colonies in Australia. Late this afternoon cross into Wales and spend the night in Cardiff.
Overnight Stay: Cardiff
Enjoy an orientation tour of Cardiff, before boarding a ferry and travelling across the Irish Sea. Our final destination today is Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford.
Overnight Stay: Waterford
As we leave Waterford behind we travel to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to receive the gift of the gab, before an afternoon arrival in Killarney.
Two Night Stay: Killarney
Today experience a journey to remember – the Ring of Kerry. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) enjoy a jaunting car ride – a traditional pony and trap; or (2) visit Muckross House. This evening we will visit a traditional local pub for some true Irish music and hospitality - your Tour Director will shout the first round!
This morning visit Bunratty Folk Park, where 19th century Irish rural and urban life is recreated in the form of a local village. Drive along the spectacular Atlantic coastline and enjoy a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, before arriving in Athlone.
Overnight Stay: Athlone
This morning explore this historic town before we visit the 10th century built Clonmacnoise. Continue to the capital city of Ireland, Dublin. This evening dine at an authentic Irish pub.
Two Night Special Stay: Dublin
Enjoy a guided city tour including a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where you will have an opportunity to learn how to ‘pull the perfect pint’. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a guided tour of Trinity College with access to the Long Room and famous ‘Book of Kells’; or (2) tour the National Museum with a guide and discover Ireland’s past.
This morning catch the ferry to Wales; upon arrival our first stop is Caernarfon, dominated by its majestic 13th century castle, which you will visit. Travelling along the North Wales coast we will reach Chester, one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain.
Two Night Special Stay: Chester
Today your guided walking tour of Chester will include the famous black and white coloured ‘Rows’, two-tiered medieval shopping galleries and the famous Eastgate Clock.
This morning depart for Liverpool and rediscover the 60’s phenomenon that was the ‘fab four’ at the Beatles Story Museum. Journey north to the picturesque Lake District, where Wordsworth and Potter were inspired by the natural beauty of the mountains and lakes. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere; or (2) entry to the famous World of Beatrix Potter attraction.
Overnight Stay: Lake District
Travel past the original border where Hadrian’s Wall once stood and through unspoilt scenery to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Your orientation tour will include the 12th century cathedral and stunning architecture from renowned artist and Glasgow born Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Overnight Stay: Glasgow
During the next two days experience the splendour of the Scottish Highlands. Begin with a drive through stunning scenery as you pass Loch Lomond before continuing through Glencoe. Journey to Loch Ness and visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, before arriving to Inverness.
Two Night Stay: Inverness
Head to your first destination this morning, Cawdor Castle. On your guided tour learn of the Castle’s links to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Enter Scotch Whiskey territory to discover the importance of the ‘wee dram’ for the local economy. See the ancient art of barrel making during a visit to a traditional cooperage. SCENIC ENRICH Tour the historic Glenfiddich Distillery, founded in 1876 by William Grant and his nine sons, and sample one of the most celebrated whiskies in Scotland.
SCENIC ENRICH This morning enjoy morning tea and a display of the ancient art of falconry, known as the sport of Kings which dates back almost 4,000 years. Depart for Scone Palace, Royal coronation site and traditional home of the legendary Stone of Destiny. Your tour will provide a great insight into the Celtic history of Scone. This afternoon arrive in Edinburgh, your home for the next two days. SCENIC ENRICH Tonight enjoy a private guided visit to Holyrood Palace, founded as a monastery in 1128 and now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, where you will enjoy a glass of champagne in the Throne room after viewing numerous restricted and private areas.
Two Night Stay: Edinburgh
Your guided city tour will explore all of the key sights in the city. Board the Royal Yacht Britannia, which served the Queen and her family from 1953 to 1997 and tour the ship which has been preserved in the state used by the Queen on her last official voyage. Join a local guide and explore Edinburgh Castle, the symbol of the city that is nearly 1,000 years old on your guided tour.
This morning board a train and journey to the compact walled city of York; upon arrival enjoy a guided walking tour and admire York’s Roman and Viking heritage. SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit the Jorvik Viking Centre and discover the ancient history of the city; or (2) visit the National Rail Museum.
Overnight Stay: York
This morning visit Chatsworth House, the backdrop of the film “Pride and Prejudice”. Continue on to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town and see the Bard’s House.
Overnight Stay: Stratford
Today we visit Oxford and enjoy a guided walking tour. Our final destination today is London.
Overnight Special Stay: London
This morning after breakfast, your Scenic Tours Representative will transfer* you to the airport for onward or homebound flight.
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.